In this thought-provoking book, the acclaimed author of Our Inner Ape examines how empathy comes naturally to a great variety of animals, including humans. Frans de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center in Atlanta, believes that it’s just as natural to. The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society is the last in a long line of books and papers Frans de Waal (, ,

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The subject matter, of course, is what interested me in the first place, and I wasn’t disappointed there either. True, we are also incentive-driven animals, focused on status, territory, and food security, so that any society that ignores those tendencies can’t be optimal, either.

When that didn’t work, she stood supportively by her dying companion for days, even as humans tried to tempt her away with food.

The greatest problem today, of different groups empathhy shoulders on a crowded planet, is excessive loyalty to one’s own nation, one’s own ethnic-group, and one’s own religion. Men may reincarnate as animals, and animals may attain divinity, like the monkey god Hanumaan. There is so much to think about and talk about after reading this book.

The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal

Sep 07, Pages Buy. The Elephant in the Room, 6. Oct 31, Tyler rated it it was amazing. An old film of a chimpanzee on a stack of boxes reaching high for a banana shows another chimpanzee watching it, arms farns up in sympathy. There actually exists respect of ownership, so that even the lowest-ranking female is allowed to keep her food by the most dominant male.


But possession is only part of the story. While the American people were transfixed by the unprecedented catastrophe, one cable news network saw fit to ask if the Constitution actually provides for disaster relief. About Frans de Waal. He does an excellent job providing empirical research evidence that demonstrates that many species, particularly the great apes, clearly agee empathy towards one another; including caring for each other, sharing resources sex too!

I should be concerned with frams ivory-billed woodpecker, the role of primates in the spread of AIDS or Ebola, the disappearance of tropical rain forests, or whether we evolved from the apes.

The Age of Empathy

They eventually realized they had to treat villages as a whole as the social unit, facilitating their taking care of each other, rather than helping individuals. Empath Chimps have it. See all books by Frans de Waal.

Tango so interesting pardon my little digression. My only complaint is that I would have preferred a longer, more complex book on the subject. The Other Ghe, 3.

But from the perspective of evolution, it is its own thing, a distinctive trait that we’ve never really identified before. The faith Danes ref.

Examples given of altruism in apes. In an experiment at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, chimpanzees at a sanctuary in Uganda were shown a human u Nature is well known as “red in tooth and claw.

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Food possessors are often approached by others with an outstretched hand a gesture that is also the universal way humans ask for a handout. He doesn’t draw big sweeping conclusions thankfully, he did not write a book called “How Chimpanzees Explain The World” or something like thatand is basically content to present some fascinating research and to suggest that we reconsider individualistic theories of society in its light.

The Age of Empathy: The endeavor has majesty. They were not “trained” or “rewarded” for this assistance.

Frans de Waal’s The Age of Empathy.

In summary, this was a solid accessible book. Professor De Waal succeeds in educating the public on empathy.

Every debate about society and government makes huge assumptions about human nature, which are presented as if they come straight out of biology. Most of oof apes want to be the first to put their hands on our food, because once they have it, it’s rarely taken away by others.

The Age of Empathy

Professor de Waal is fair and even handed. Dec 15, Jennifer rated it it was ok. This provocative page book includes the following seven chapters: